Sarah (Simpson) Webb, of Houston, passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, May 22, 2008. She was 88.


Sarah (Simpson) Webb, of Houston, passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, May 22, 2008. She was 88.

Sarah was the daughter of the late Sarah Matilda (Case) Simpson and George Burnham Simpson.

She was a native of Houston and a 1937 graduate of Milford High School, where she was the class valedictorian.

She graduated from the University of Delaware in 1941 and later earned two master’s degrees from that university.

Throughout her life, Sarah found great joy in learning and teaching.

She taught in Frederica, Milford, Caesar Rodney and Harrington schools.

Sarah cared very deeply about other people and wanted to help them resolve their problems and conflicts. This led her to become the guidance counselor at W.T. Chipman Middle School in the Lake Forest School District. She reluctantly retired due to ill health after 32 years of service as a teacher and guidance counselor.

Sarah enjoyed traveling and visited many parts of the United States and Europe. She and her husband were especially fond of Finland, where they had developed a friendship with the family of a student who had lived with them while he participated in a summer educational program in the United States.

Sarah was a lifelong member of the Houston United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher for several years.

She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary society for teachers.

Sarah was a talented and creative cook who delighted in having guests stay for dinner.

She also enjoyed judging baked goods, sewing and craft projects for many years at the Delaware State Fair.

Sarah had great love for and pride in her extended family.

She and her husband hosted 50 to 65 members of the Simpson family in their home on New Year’s Day for many years.

Sarah did extensive research on the Simpson family and wrote a book, “The Legacy,” which she gave to each family member.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Isabel Simpson Steele; and her brothers, Burnham Simpson, George Simpson, Francis Simpson and Walton Simpson.

She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Albert Webb; her son, Francis Webb, of Houston; her daughter and son-in-law, Sara and Wesley Towers, of Harrington; her grandson and granddaughter-in-law, David and Patricia Towers, of Alabama; her granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Laura and Brian Yazemboski, of Pennsylvania; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Tuesday May 27, 2008, in the chapel of Berry-Short Funeral Home, Milford.

Interment will be in Hollywood Cemetery, Harrington.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Richard Sherman, Mrs. Jean Shank and Sarah’s kind and capable caregivers for all their help in keeping Sarah comfortable in her home for so many years.